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Do the Media set the Parliamentary Agenda? A Comparative Study in Seven Countries

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  • Rens Vliegenthart, Holland
  • Stefaan Walgrave, University of Antwerp, Belgien
  • Frank R. Baumgartner, USA
  • Shaun Bevan, Storbritannien
  • Christian Breunig, University of Konstanz, Tyskland
  • Sylvain Brouard, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Frankrig
  • Laura Chaqués Bonafont, University of Barcelona and IBEI, Spanien
  • Emiliano Grossman, Frankrig
  • Will Jennings, Storbritannien
  • Peter Bjerre Mortensen
  • Anna M. Palau, University of Barcelona, Spanien
  • Pascal Sciarini, Schweiz
  • Anke Tresch, Schweiz
A growing body of work has examined the relationship between media and politics from an agenda-setting perspective: is attention for issues initiated by political elites with the media following suit, or is the reverse relation stronger? A long series of single-country studies has suggested a number of general agenda-setting patterns but these have never been confirmed in a comparative approach. In a comparative, longitudinal design including comparable media and politics evidence for seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK), this study highlights a number of generic patterns. Additionally, we show how the political system matters. Overall, the media are a stronger inspirer of political action in countries with single-party governments compared to countries with multiple-party governments. But, this larger media effect under single-party governments is fully due to the higher reactivity of the opposition parties; government parties are more reactive to media under multi-party governments.
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Political Research
Sider (fra-til)283-301
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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